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Jayna

Durham, NC, United States

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  • Some Kind of Fairy Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Graham Joyce
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (222)

    Twenty years ago, 16-year-old Tara Martin disappeared from a small town in the heart of England. Now, her sudden return and the mind-bending tale of where she’s been will challenge our very perception of the truth. For 20 years after Tara Martin disappeared, her parents and her brother, Peter, lived in denial of the grim fact that she was gone for good. Then suddenly on Christmas Day, the doorbell rings at her parents’ home, and there, dishevelled and slightly peculiar looking, Tara stands. It’s a miracle, but alarm bells are ringing for Peter. Tara’s story just does not add up.

    Amanda says: "Extremely Well Done"
    "transportive"
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    Every time I think of this book, I remember another aspect of the story/performance that I love.
    At first I wasn't sure how I felt about John Lee's narration, but as I continued to listen, the tone seemed to be a perfect fit for the story. Somehow simultaneously mundane and other-worldly.

    Some of my favorite scenes that I don't think have been mentioned by other reviewers include Richie's interactions with Peter's family and the relationship that develops between Peter's son and the elderly next door neighbor (probably my favorite character).

    As I'm writing this review, I'm realizing this book deserves a repeat listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (448)

    Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his 16th birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage, in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin.

    aaron says: "A smart, chilling story. Told in a very unique way"
    "Don't watch the movie"
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    I first have to say that when I started listening to this book, I found Eva's affected and verbose manner of speech to be overwhelmingly off-putting. Within the first 15 minutes I stopped listening and reread the reviews to see if it would be worth trying to slog through. One reviewer specifically addressed this, saying it was Eva's character and not Shriver's writing style. With that in mind, I continued listening from that perspective. I'm so glad I did.

    I didn't 'like' any of the characters; Franklin was especially frustrating. And, although I could foresee one of the major plot twists (probably because I read too many reviews), the performance and story grabbed me. The ending (her last conversation with Kevin) clicked the whole thing into place, kind of like when the ring drops in the Sixth Sense. I know I'm being vague, but I don't want to ruin the experience for any future readers.

    This book left an impression on me. I can't love it in a warm-fuzzy way, but it sticks with me. I was so intrigued by the book, that I was naturally interested in how it might be made into a movie. This isn't meant to be a review of the movie, so I'll just say the movie was a huge disappointment in my opinion. I hope if you've watched the movie, you'll still give the book a chance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5703)
    Performance
    (4934)
    Story
    (4928)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Good book, but it's NOT "the next Help""
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    Where does Beautiful Ruins rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a good book! Engaging and has a nice pace..I really enjoyed listening.But I've seen reviews comparing Beautiful Ruins to The Help, and I just don't see that. I think this book is good in it's own way, but in my opinion, if I had bought it thinking it would be comparable to The Help, I would have been disappointed.
    I think that would be a tough expectation for any book to live up to.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was able to predict many (not all) of the 'reveals', but that didn't ruin the experience for me.


    Have you listened to any of Edoardo Ballerini’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first Edoardo Ballerini-listen. He was fantastic!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1864)
    Performance
    (1239)
    Story
    (1248)

    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it's nothing more than a tragic hunting accident, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods.

    Sydney says: "a gentle mystery"
    "loved it"
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    If you like cozy, you'll love this!

    A quaint village full of warm characters.. as an added bonus, it's a family friendly (PG) listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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